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Trident Seafoods – 2nd Bowfin Fuel Spill

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has fined Seattle-based Trident Seafoods $30,500 for an oil spill in December 2007 that sent almost 500 gallons of fuel into the Hylebos Waterway in Commencement Bay. The spill happened while the company’s tender vessel Bowfin was tied up at Trident Seafoods’ dock in Tacoma. A Trident Seafoods engineer began transferring diesel fuel between two tanks onboard the Bowfin. It appears a small fuel line became plugged, causing diesel to run out of a tank vent, across the deck and overboard. The company found the spill the evening of Dec. 10 after a diesel smell was traced back to the Bowfin. “Spills like this have tremendous costs, both environmentally and financially, which is why Ecology places so much emphasis on prevention,” said Jim Sachet, regional Ecology spills response manager. “Based on our investigation, this spill was avoidable.” Ecology, the Coast Guard and the company responded immediately. Over the course of the response, environmental contractors hired by Trident Seafoods recovered 400 gallons of the diesel. Trident Seafoods’ policy of placing protective boom around its vessels at dock helped minimize the spread of oil and improved recovery of the spilled diesel from water. It is illegal to spill oil to state waters. Oil harms the environment, and the damage begins as soon as it hits the water


Canada Conducts Spill Response Study

Photo: Ministry of Environment Communications

A comprehensive study assessing current marine-spill preparedness and response capabilities was released by the Province today. The study also outlines necessary improvements to achieve a world-class system to ensure B.C.'s coast is protected from potential marine spills. Nuka Research, an international expert in spill preparedness and response, had been commissioned by the provincial government to undertake the study so B.C


Ship Fined for Failure to Have Oil Spill Readiness Plan

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has levied an $8,500 fine to the Greek shipping firm Marmaras Navigation Co. Ltd. for operating a cargo vessel in Washington waters without a state-approved oil spill readiness plan. The penalty against Marmaras Navigation marks the first time Ecology has levied a fine under its new oil spill contingency plan rule adopted in October 2006. Ecology requires that cargo and passenger ships, tank vessels


Hearing on Oil Recovery Research & Technology Needs

The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the House Committee on Science and Technology conducted a hearing on Research and Technology Needs for Oil Recovery and Effective Cleanup of Oil Spills. Committee Chair Bart Gordon (D-) made an opening statement. Subcommittee Chair Brian Baird (D-) made an opening statement. Mr. Douglas Helton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), testified that NOAA is providing scientific information regarding oil spill trajectory and


Coast Guard Conducts MI Spill Drill

USCG crewmembers used an oil-skimming device to recover peat moss, acting as a substitute for spilled oil, near Mackinac Island.

Coast Guard, Response Agencies deploy equipment for oil-recovery training in Michigan waters.   Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, oil spill response organizations, Enbridge Energy Partners and several other agencies this week participated in a unique exercise out of St. Ignace, Mich., Monday through Wednesday, during which several techniques for recovering spilled oil and other hazardous materials from icy waterways were tested and


V.Ships Signs with Spill Center for Global Vessel Spill Support

Spill Center, a North American leader in environmental claims management and emergency response support for transportation clients at risk for releases of hazardous materials, has expanded its program to include global cargo-carrying vessels, according to Tom Moses, president and founder of the company. V.Ships, a ship management company with a network of 18 offices worldwide, provides shipowners with a range of management and support services for oil tankers, chemical tankers


PCCI Conducts Oil Spill Response Training

PCCI, Inc. conducted oil spill management training for 18 senior executives participating in the Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) on November 1, 2002. The participating executives came from oil, pipeline, and ecological companies located in Russia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. This is the third time that PCCI has provided training for the SABIT program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. PCCI provided the visiting delegation with comprehensive training in the


Washington State – Coastal Oil Spill Response Plans

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Coast Guard are looking for interested parties to help update the state's oil spill response strategies tailored for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and for Washington's outer coast. The existing site-specific strategies, also known as "geographic response plans," identify sensitive natural and cultural resources. The plans also help prioritize how equipment and cleanup crews should be deployed during an oil spill response.


Dalco Passage Spill

The Washington State Department of Ecology established an Internet site regarding the Dalco Passage oil spill. On October 14, approximately 1,000 gallons of oil will released by an unknown source into waters of Puget Sound. Cleanup has been completed and investigators are still searching for the source. As a result of this spill, the State and the U.S. Coast Guard have established an Oil Spill Early Action Task Force to look into ways to improve early notification procedures


Hong Kong Conducts Oil Spill Exercise

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An annual oil spill response joint exercise, this year code-named Oilex 2013, was held on October 17 off Ha Mei Wan, Lamma Island, to test responses in combating oil pollution in Hong Kong waters. Under the Maritime Oil Spill Response Plan, the Marine Department coordinated the exercise and other government departments including the Civil Aid Service, the Auxiliary Medical Service, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department


NRC Aquires ENPRO Services

NRC has responded to thousands of marine and land-based oil spill incidents around the globe. Courtesy NRC

National Response Corporation (“NRC”) announced today it has acquired ENPRO Services, Inc., adding to its national footprint and expanding its full line of environmental, emergency response, and industrial services. Since 1983, ENPRO has been providing essential environmental


Obama to Issue New Offshore Drilling Rules

(White House photo)

The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that happened six years ago on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an official told Reuters. The Department of Interior will unveil the final version of its


Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations


Car Carrier Ocean Tango Runs Aground off Busan

Image: Busan Port

 A South Korean Car carrier Ocean Tango was grounded by a storm which battered Busan, Korea, on Apr 17.    The 2,736 dwt Vessel was docked at Yeong-gu area, reportedly fuel tanks were damaged with ensuing fuel leak.   


Oil Spill in L.A. Harbor Still under Lens

Investigation underway Courtesy USCG

The Coast Guard and California Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response are continuing their investigation of an oil spill that occurred on Sunday in the Los Angeles Harbor. A unified command has been established that includes the Coast Guard, California Fish and Wildlife


Transocean Defeats Shareholder Appeal over Gulf Spill

Transocean Ltd on Thursday won the dismissal of an appeal by shareholders accusing the owner of the doomed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig of deceiving them about its safety practices prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 2nd U.S


Oil Spill Response: Responder Immunity Analyzed

On February 16, 2016, Judge Carl J. Barbier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted summary judgment in favor of the various commercial oil spill response companies involved in the federal government’s response to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil


Grounded Bulker Suffered Major Hull Damage

Sparna reportedly briefly ran aground while transiting the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., March 21, 2016. The vessel is safely anchored, and is maintaining position, with the assistance of two tugs, as an approved salvage and repair plan is developed. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read)

A damage assessment revealed significant damage to the motor vessel Sparna, which ran aground Monday in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash. The damage assessment showed multiple fractures were found, the largest being a 25-foot by 5-foot wide fracture with a


Wahlberg Headlines Film on Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

Deepwater Horizon is due for release September 30, 2016 (Photo: Lionsgate)

Nearly six years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood takes its shot at recounting the tragedy with a film due this fall aiming to tell the story on the fatal blowout and its aftermath.   The oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in global history


Oil Spill at Port of Los Angeles

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report of an oil spill in the Los Angeles Harbor, Thursday morning.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach command center received a report at 10:48 a.m. of an unknown quantity of oily-water mixture coming from a holding tank


ACK Marine & General Contracting Launched

Photo: ACK Marine & General Contracting

Marine construction industry veteran Kim Shaughnessy launches ACK Marine & General Contracting, a nationally certified woman-owned business to provide diverse marine construction and general contracting services    Kim Shaughnessy


US Judge Approves BP Civil Settlement with US Government over 2010 Spill

(Photo: Casey Ware)

U.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc's civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it reached a deal in July 2015 to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states.


How Politics Impacts OPA 90 Responder Immunity

Steven Candito

Many people today are frustrated with the current U.S. political process as we endure various government stalemates on budgets, Supreme Court appointments, and, of course, the Presidential election. The general theme is voters are angry with the political establishment and, as a result


TS Taipei Grounding Spill Cleanup to Continue

 Debunkering efforts continue for the TS Taipei, which grounded off Shimen, Taiwan last month, causing a large bunker spill after the vessel fractured in the middle.   Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Chen Jian-yu said he hopes to see the removal of


New USCG Equipment Rule for Vessels Carrying Oil

The U.S. Coast Guard has finalized an interim rule that requires vessels carrying oil in bulk as cargo to carry discharge removal equipment, install spill prevention coamings and install emergency towing arrangements.   The rule, due to take effect May 9, 2016






 
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